Christmas Day, London 1880
Snow falls … a dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage and throws herself on the mercy of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own and provide her with the love and education she might never have had. But the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by a powerful and greedy bishop.
The heart-breaking outcome separates Ettie from her friends and family, luring her into a world of male dominance and the fickle nature of intimate relationships. In her naivety, with her faith in the goodness of human nature severely tested, she doesn’t know who to trust. And when the boy who has promised his undying love and loyalty betrays her, Ettie’s world starts to crumble.
She must finally accept the hard-hitting truth – happiness comes at a cost! Does she have the courage and wisdom to face the demons she long ago learned about from the Sisters of Clemency? Will the resolution of an undiscovered and painful secret be her making – or breaking?
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Christmas Child is a poignant but captivating read which is perfect for curling up with.
Ettie was a fantastic main character that was easy to get behind and I enjoyed following her on her emotional journey. She experiences some tough times which made my heart ache for her as I felt she really didn’t deserve it. However her determination to get through the hard times and find happiness made me smile. I found I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to her and to see if she gets the happy ending I felt she deserved.
This book is set in the Victorian era and the author has obviously done a lot of research as the historical detail was excellent, making the story seem very realistic. There are many different parts of the era explored in this book which were interesting to learn about, especially her work as a governess as I hadn’t read many books about that profession.
This book manages to be both heart breaking and heartwarming at times which made it hard to put down as there was always something happening. It is a fabulous mix of saga and coming of age story which makes for a wonderful read. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.
As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.
I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.